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The Secret to Success: When You Want to Succeed as Bad as You Want to Breathe Hardcover
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DETAILS Renown speaker, educator, author, activist and minister, Eric Thomas is rising to national prominence by delivering a high energy message that tells youth through first hand experience how to live up to their full potential and greatness and by breaking the cycles of crime, hopelessness and despair that many face daily. Known for his engagingly personal approach, his messages are both dynamic & inspiring. When coupled with his own Cycle-Breaking experience his blunt essays on reality and remarkable ability to reach even the most jaded of minds, has helped thousands of youth nationwide become peak performers academically, spiritually and personally. Eric has electrified audiences ranging from Fortune 500 companies to urban educators, collegiate athletic programs and inner-city youth development agencies with the message of his own life's struggles and the principles, insights and strategies he used to overcome them. Eric is no stranger to the ills that plague our communities as he was born in Chicago, IL and raised on the streets of Detroit, MI. His childhood and adolescent years were difficult, and his life struggles and personal identity issues were intensified because like so many, he did not establish a relationship with his biological father until his early thirties. Handwritten autograph by Eric Thomas himself!
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I found a whole new level of profound respect for this leader while listening to his mixtape. I listen to his mixtape at least once a week when I head out for my training runs. A few of his speeches give me goosebumps.
It only made sense for me to read his book. I wanted to read about his journey and take away some key things that I can bring to my job as a teacher and a coach.
I found the book to be an easy read, but one that allowed me to take away some key passages. I have shared my Kindle notes below in case you don't have access to a Kindle. If you do have a Kindle, then feel free to check out my notes yourself.
I found the book to be good. I took away many good things. I don't know that any of it was new to me, but the way it was presented allowed for me to reflect and rethink some key ideas that I have not thought about in a while.
If you need a boost of motivation or need an example of someone making it from nothing, then you must follow Eric Thomas by reading his book, following his tweets, and watching his YouTube channel. This book is just one more weapon is his tool chest to spread his word.
You can tell by all my notes(check Kindle Notes) that I enjoyed the book. I highlighted 55 passages so that is telling you that you need to read this book.
I did have one issue and that was with the Kindle format. The format was not fluid. Some pages only had one letter. There were simple spelling and grammar errors. This was an issue with the content of the book, but the format. It drove me crazy and did screw with the flow. I don't like interruptions and this bothered me from time to time.
Overall, this is a good read worth your time. It will not blow your mind, but the book will give an insight into where Eric came from. It you want to have your mind blown, then check out everything he offers online.
Still, his story is compelling and he himself is an inspiration to me.
That being said, I do believe that the ideas presented in his writing are timeless and just as relevant today as ever before. There is a reason why Mr. Thomas has been requested to speak to millions of people across the globe. I still say that the best way to benefit from all that he has to offer is to sit in an auditorium and hear him in person. Then, I recommend you read his book and revisit those key ideas he presented again and again.
I look forward to reading some of his other writings.
My younger, "wiser" :) , brother told me "If you want to know what drives your students, you must understand the story of the one an only Mr. Eric Thomas. It is his conviction, positivity, unwavering faith in God, and absolute truth that make this book a life changing read for anyone who is craving success in any area of life, regardless of ones occupation. This man is a genius.....